I'm no fan of extenders due to their inherent nature. The SageTV extenders were supposed to be far and above anything available for WMC, but unfortunately they're no longer in production and SageTV was bought out by Google and buried in a closet. The irony is that a patch was developed to allow the Ceton tuners to work with SageTV for unflagged content. I was just starting to evaluate it when Google pulled the rug out from all SageTV users. I couldn't have bought a SageTV license even if I wanted to. There's nothiong more frustrating than having some big company buy out a smaller one and quash a great product just to eliminate any potential competition. Aside from SageTV, WMC was just about the only option for a whole house solution, good or bad. Extenders work reasonably well for playback of recorded and live TV. I just don't like the lag time with the remote commands and constant network issues. I used to get network errors all the time on my extenders and the network would always test fine when I ran the network tuner app. It just got too frustrating to deal with. Ceton got screwed by Microsoft on all fronts. The Echo won't work with Windows 8 and the Q never saw the light of day.